Kyle Kashuv Reveals What Has Changed After Tragedy Struck His School 6 Months Ago

My school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, is about to start classes on Wednesday, along with the rest of Broward County. But the schools are in chaos and still not secured.

For months after the February 14 attack that left 17 people dead at my school, the Broward County School Board promised that Stoneman Douglas would be the site of a pilot program for metal detectors. Donations and offers of metal detectors and other school security measures came flooding in.

Twelve days before school starts, the school board announced that it hadn’t properly anticipated a long list of considerations. Those considerations ranged from privacy concerns to how metal detectors would impact school start times by creating bottlenecks at the entrance. It requires only a little common sense to realize that it takes some time to get 3,300 students through one school entrance with metal detectors.

Instead of the promised armed guards, we have received unarmed security staffers with little to no ability to protect. They are utterly incapable of stopping an active shooter. . .

Superintendent Robert Runcie first tried to dismiss this as “fake news,” but the numbers showed that he simply hadn’t been honest. Given the disaster that had just befallen the community, it is understandable that he would want to hide his and the school board’s culpability. (Read more from “Kyle Kashuv Reveals What Has Changed After Tragedy Struck His School 6 Months Ago” HERE)

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Look Who We Caught Running a Secret Influence Campaign Right Here in the U.S.

Iranian nationals are impersonating Americans online to demonize Indian immigrants as part of a lobbying campaign against proposed legislation in the House of Representatives, a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation has found.

Using Twitter usernames that read like foreign stereotypes of American names, they tweet obsessively at reporters and high-profile political figures about the threats they say Indian immigrants pose to America.

They aim to defeat an amendment to the 2019 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill that would lift the per-country cap on employment-based green cards. The amendment is based on a previously introduced bill, H.R. 392, which had broad bipartisan support.

The per-country cap is currently set at seven percent of the annual limit of the approximately 140,000 green cards the U.S. hands out, creating long lines for certain foreign nationals working on H-1B visas and other non-immigrant visa programs to adjust their immigrant status. . .

One of the groups has more than 5,000 members and was formed to resist President Donald Trump’s travel ban, which included Iran in its list of targeted countries. Another, with more than 2,000 members, is an offshoot of that group, focusing specifically on lobbying against the bill.

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Sources: Trump to Deport Assassin Who Lives in U.S.

President Donald Trump appears likely to deport a Bangladeshi military officer who was part of a notorious assassination team that murdered the country’s revered founder and nearly his entire family in 1975, Bangladeshi officials have told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Major AM Rashed Chowdhury was part of an assassination team that carried out a brutal, early dawn raid on Aug. 15, 1975, on President Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s residence.

The major, along with the other assailants, were convicted in abstentia in 1998 — 23 years after the assassination. The conviction was upheld by the Bangladesh Supreme Court in 2009 and 12 officers were condemned to death. Six of the killers were executed a year later, but the others, including Chowdhury, remained fugitives overseas.

Chowdhury has been living in the United States since 1996 and applied for asylum. International law enforcement informed the U.S. government it was housing a political assassin in 2009. . .

Chowdhury has lived in Chicago, Seattle, Atlanta and in various California cities, according to knowledgeable Bangladeshi sources who would talk only under the terms of anonymity for fear the former major would violently retaliate against them. (Read more from “Sources: Trump to Deport Assassin Who Lives in U.S.” HERE)

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Chilling Details Behind Boy’s Death at ISIS New Mexico Compound Revealed

By BBC. A boy whose remains were found in a remote desert compound in New Mexico died during a “ritual ceremony”, US prosecutors said. . .

They also said that the remains found at the site belonged to Abdul-Ghani and that the other children said the boy had died during a “religious ritual… intended to cast out demonic spirits”, where Siraj Wahhaj had put his hand to his son’s forehead, and recited verses from the Koran.

Abdul-Ghani suffered from seizures, but Mr Wahhaj believed the boy was possessed by the devil and needed to be exorcised, court papers said.

An FBI agent told the court that after Abdul-Ghani died, the children were told he would return “as Jesus” and tell them where to carry out attacks, an FBI agent told the court.

However, Judge Sarah Backus said that while the information she had heard was “troubling”, prosecutors had not proved that the defendants posed a threat to the wider community. (Read more from “Chilling Details Behind Boy’s Death at New Mexico Compound Revealed” HERE)

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New Mexico Compound Littered With Ammunition, Dirty Diapers

By ABC News. Dirty diapers, shotgun shells, small broken bicycles, the white sandal of a baby, anguished journals about faith and a DVD about killing techniques in close combat.

Ordinary and extraordinary household objects littered a squalid compound on a high-desert plain of northern New Mexico, bearing silent witness to the lives of 11 children and five adults — and perhaps one missing boy.

The settlement sprung up on the outskirts of tiny Amalia, New Mexico, last winter — as a manhunt unfolded for the father of a 3-year-old boy abducted from Georgia.

Police raided the property a week ago in response a report of children living in filth, severe hunger and dangers including a leaky propone tank — detaining all living inhabitants. . .

The grandfather of the missing boy, Siraj Wahhaj, is a Muslim cleric who leads a well-known New York City mosque. He believes the body is that of Abdul-ghani. The five adults arrested at the property in Amalia include the imam’s two children and a second adult daughter. (Read more from “New Mexico Compound Littered With Ammunition, Dirty Diapers” HERE)

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Radioactive Sheep Bolster Nuclear Weapon Test Claim Against Israel

Newly discovered data from radioactive sheep provides strong evidence that a mysterious “double flash” detected almost 39 years ago near a remote island group was a nuclear explosion.

Ever since the flash was observed by a U.S. “Vela” satellite orbiting above Earth in September 1979, there’s been speculation that it was produced from a nuclear weapon test by Israel. International researchers in the journal Science & Global Security analyzed previously unpublished results of radiation testing at a U.S. lab of thyroid organs from sheep in southeastern Australia in order to make their determination.

The flash was located in the area of Marion and Prince Edward islands, which are in the South Indian Ocean about halfway between Africa and Antarctica.

“A new publication sheds further light on the Vela Incident of 1979,” said Professor Nick Wilson, of Otago University at Wellington, who highlighted the findings but was not involved with the study itself. “[The research] adds to the evidence base that this was an illegal nuclear weapons test, very likely to have been conducted by Israel with assistance from the apartheid regime in South Africa.” . . .

The researchers conclude that iodine-131, which is an unstable radioactive form of the element iodine found in the thyroids of some Australian sheep, “would be consistent with them having grazed in the path of a potential radioactive fallout plume from a [September 22, 1979] low-yield nuclear test in the Southern Indian Ocean.” (Read more from “Radioactive Sheep Bolster Nuclear Weapon Test Claim Against Israel” HERE)

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Paul Manafort’s Lawyers Are Asking for a Full Acquittal

Paul Manafort’s lawyers asked a judge to acquit Manafort of all charges after prosecutors rested their case on Monday.

The judge is expected to hear full arguments on Tuesday, but Manafort’s lawyers gave a brief preview late in the day, before the judge closed the courtroom for arguments on a sealed matter also related to Manafort’s case.

Manafort is charged with bank fraud, filing false tax returns that underreported his income by millions of dollars, and failing to report numerous foreign bank accounts he controlled overseas. His lawyers argued Monday that the government failed to show banks relied on the allegedly false information that prosecutors say Manafort provided to prospective lenders.

And the defense generally contends prosecutors failed to show that Manafort acted with the required “willfulness” when it came to the tax and foreign bank account reporting charges.

The motion from Manafort’s lawyers will give US District Judge T.S. Ellis III an opportunity to consider the government’s evidence before it goes to the jury, although he can defer a decision until after the jury deliberates. Under the rules that govern criminal cases in the federal courts, judges can acquit a defendant if they find the evidence is insufficient. (Read more from “Paul Manafort’s Lawyers Are Asking for a Full Acquittal” HERE)

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Trump ‘Appropriately’ Snubs John Mccain During Bill Signing Intended to Honor Him

. . .In extended remarks during a visit to Fort Drum in upstate New York to sign the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 — this year’s version of an annual bill that sets defense policy — Trump chose not to mention the former prisoner of war and Senate Armed Services Committee chairman who is battling brain cancer. He even omitted McCain’s name when citing the title of the bill.

The two men have long been fierce critics of each other, with McCain calling Trump’s supporters “crazies” in 2015 and Trump retaliating by questioning whether McCain, who was subjected to torture in a Vietnamese prison camp, is really a “war hero” because “he was captured.”

The snub at Fort Drum, home to the combat aviation brigade of the Army’s 10th Mountain Division, did not escape the notice of McCain’s allies.

“For those asking did I expect Trump to be an a—— today. No more than I expected it to be Monday,” Mark Salter, McCain’s longtime aide, wrote on Twitter.

McCain’s condition — dire enough that a recent HBO documentary on him was titled “John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls” — has not stopped Trump from deriding the Arizona senator at political rallies. Though Trump does not use his name, he tells crowds that he would have been able to repeal Obamacare if not for a thumbs-down sign from one senator — McCain. (Read more from “Trump ‘Appropriately’ Snubs John Mccain During Bill Signing Intended to Honor Him” HERE)

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Christian Chaplain Facing Court Martial Over Practicing Own Beliefs

An Army chaplain is facing punishment because he abided by the tenets of his faith, according to attorneys defending Chaplain Scott Squires.

Squires, who has been serving at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, ran afoul of the Army’s rules when he told a soldier he could not hold a marriage retreat that included same-sex couples.

“Chaplain Squires is a Southern Baptist chaplain, so he has to follow the teachings of the Southern Baptist Convention,” said Mike Berry, an attorney at First Liberty Institute, which is representing Squires in his appeal of the punishment leveled against him this spring.

Squires is endorsed by the Southern Baptist Convention’s North American Mission Board.

“NAMB, just like many other endorsing organizations, prohibits their chaplains from facilitating or providing religious services that include same sex couples, such as a marriage retreat like this,” Berry said, according to Army Times.

Berry said Squires offered the soldier an alternative event under a different chaplain.

“In this instance, Squires did exactly what Army regulations tell him to do, which is to reschedule the event,” Berry said. “In fact, the event was rescheduled at the detriment of other couples who could not attend the new event.”

“But that’s what the procedures say to do, so that’s what he did,” Berry added.

In its investigation, however, the Army said Squires put his personal philosophy ahead of that of the Army and discriminated against the soldiers wanting to participate in the retreat. It said he acted with a “complete lack of urgency” by waiting three days to reschedule the event.

The investigation recommended Squires be found guilty of violating Army Equal Opportunity policy and be given “an administrative or non-judicial punishment.”

The investigation also called for punishment against Kacie Griffin, who was an assistant to Squires, for not working faster to resolve the issue.

“I simply did what I’m required to do under Army regulations and my endorser’s rules,” Squires said, according to columnist Todd Starnes, who has written about the chaplain’s case. “I am shocked that I would even be investigated, let alone threatened with punishment, for following the rules.”

Berry told Starnes that the real misconduct was committed by Maj. Gen. Kurt Sonntag, who authored the report calling for Squires to be punished.

“The United States Army, acting under the command of Major General Sonntag, is threatening to punish one of its chaplains because he followed the rules,” he said. “The Army, or Congress, must hold Major General Sonntag accountable for allowing this aggressive anti-religious hostility against its military chaplains to occur under his command.”

“Major General Sonntag must immediately reject this investigation, if any chaplain under his command is to have the confidence that he or she will be protected when following military policy,” Berry says. “No chaplain should face the specter of a court martial and military prison for following the rules of their faith and the Army.”

In an op-ed for The Daily Caller, Berry explained why he is fighting the case.

“Inexplicably, even though the Army investigator concluded that any ‘discrimination’ was ‘unintentional’ and that the Army’s regulations regarding the matter are ‘unclear,’ he recommended that Chaplain Squires be reprimanded, something that would tarnish the career and reputation of an otherwise exemplary officer and soldier,” Berry wrote. (For more from the author of “Christian Chaplain Facing Court Martial Over Practicing Own Beliefs” please click HERE)

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Watch: Huge Actor Uses Teen Choice Awards Stage to Reach Young Souls

Here’s something to brighten up your Monday: Actor Chris Pratt gave another terrific acceptance speech in which he openly talked about his faith and honored God at the Teen Choice Awards.

Pratt won the Choice Summer Movie Actor award for his role in “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.”

“I’m so thrilled to be here; I have not been a teen for quite some time,” Pratt said. “This means a lot to me.”

“I want to thank God. I always do that when I’m up on a big platform in front of a bunch of young faces,” he continued.

“I love God; that’s my thing, I love him! And you should too!”

This isn’t the first time Pratt has publicly called for his fans to love God. In June at the MTV movie awards, Pratt offered advice to the young people in the audience as he accepted the Generation award.

“You have a soul. Be careful with it,” Pratt said. “God is real. God loves you. God wants the best for you. Believe that. I do.” (For more from the author of “Huge Actor Uses Teen Choice Awards Stage to Reach Young Souls” please click HERE)

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Keith Ellison Hit With Chilling Domestic Abuse Claims

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) has been accused of domestic violence by the family of a former girlfriend, Karen Monahan. Monahan’s son, Austin, described the relationship as being “pure hell” for his mother. In a Facebook post written on behalf of him and his brother, Austin says he found video evidence on his mom’s computer last year of Ellison dragging her by her feet from a bed, calling her a “f***ing b**ch” and threatening her. Austin also found over 100 texts between the two with Ellison begging her to come back to him. . .

Ellison is currently running for Minnesota attorney general. These allegations surfaced just a few days before Tuesday’s primary. State Rep. Debra Hilstrom, who also is running for the Democratic nomination, shared the Facebook post and demanded her opponent respond to the charges. . .

“I still care deeply for her well-being,” Ellison wrote of Monahan. “This video does not exist because I never behaved in this way, and any characterization otherwise is false.”

Ellison has represented Minnesota in Congress for six terms and is currently serving as the deputy chair of the DNC.

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